A Very Potter Musical: Friendship Is Magic

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By Lara Tan (22A01B), Mei Feifei (22A13A), Mirella Ang (22A01C), and Natalie Tan (23A01B)

Photos from Raffles Photographic Society and Koo Yu Tang (22S06B)

A Very Potter Musical isn’t your typical Broadway musical. 

For one, it has never actually been performed in the glamorous limelights of Broadway, or the West End for that matter. It isn’t a huge commercial blockbuster like Hamilton, neither is it particularly well-known to most musical theatre-goers. 

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A Tempo XXIX: A Triumphant Return

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By Alison Tan Hwaiyin (23S03A) and Saara Katyal (23S05A)

Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

The amphitheatre of the Y5-6 campus is usually punctuated with the familiar percussive sounds of table tennis balls. On the afternoon of 23th May 2022, however, Rafflesians from across both campuses gathered in eager anticipation of a very special performance: A Tempo, Raffles Symphonic Band (RSB)’s long awaited annual concert.

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Raffles Jazz 2022: Shades of Love

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By Anamika Ragu (23A01A), Chung Thong En (22S06N), and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q)

“I hope the audience enjoys this,” said Keith Chan (23S06Q) minutes before the performance began, backstage buzzing with all the pent-up nerves of performers who hadn’t properly been on-stage for at least two years. As the clock ticked down, the PAC gradually filled up, a hum of anticipation in the air for performers and people alike.

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RIPE Concert 2022: Ad Astra

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By Anamika Ragu (23A01A), Faith Ho (22A01A), Faith Wan (23S02B) and Tay Yu Ning (23S06E)

After being unable to hold concerts for the past two years due to the pandemic, Raffles Institution Piano Ensemble (RIPE) returned in style on May 17, 2022. Audience members were greeted with glittering star-themed decorations, which transformed LT2 into a celestial space—a hint of the dazzling performances to come. 

“As we were unable to have a concert last year […] we were more motivated than usual to perform our best in front of a live audience.” 

Roger Zhang (22S06D)

The concert, performed by the graduating batch of RIPE, centred around the story of a Little Prince exploring the stars and Earth (with the eponymous title “Ad Astra”).

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ARTseason Returns to RI

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By Tang Lanyun (23S05A)

Amidst the tropical showers of May, the previously dormant RI arts scene sprang back to life in an explosion of colour. The next two weeks saw a flourish of showcases and displays by the various arts CCAs, with the Arts Assembly on the 5th of May properly kicking things off.

As we all scrambled to identify our classmates on the projector screens, we were treated to a myriad of dazzling performances that synthesised both the technical and the emotive. Infused with good humour from the emcees, as well as insights into the inner workings of the performing arts CCAS, the Assembly was a truly wondrous showcase of the talents RI had in store. The CCAs featured were Modern Dance, Guitar Ensemble, Chorale, Players and Jazz.

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